The Peoples Cooperative

Helping People Come Together

Anna Cotton – Managing Editor

Born on the day I Will Survive reached number one in the UK, I’ve been doing my best to embrace that sentiment ever since.

I got on board with Save the Earth because I figured that if I could keep a calamitous individual such as myself alive, I might well be able to use those “transferrable skills” to save the planet.

I have a confession – I’m insatiably nosy. Training as a journalist was the obvious option for me – what better way to pass off that nosiness as bona fide curiosity? My creative endeavours have undergone many incarnations over the years, including Arts and Entertainment reporter, Communications Officer, Oral Historian, freelance Creative Copywriter and, um … Warehouse Operative, responsible for putting plastic clips on snazzy men’s ties to make them look tied when they weren’t. I’m also the author of two contemporary fiction novels and I have played the violin since I was seven years old.

While completing my Masters degree in Creative Writing, I developed a passion for editing which led me to take on the role of Managing Editor at Save the Earth. I work closely with the co-operative’s talented writers, helping them to polish their articles and make them gleam.

I’m also responsible for creating the co-operative’s monthly newsletter, providing copy for our campaigns and writing the bulk of the blog features. Human-interest articles are my forte – I love stories that place people at the heart of events and examine the impact of societal issues on their lives. The subjects that currently intrigue me most are sustainability, off-grid living, food poverty, the housing crisis and championing local heroes, businesses and initiatives.

I live with my fellow writer husband in a house on the highest hill in Nottingham, UK – the steep climb is punishing, but the view is worth it! My favourite things include going to music festivals, exploring deserted beaches, partaking in stimulating debates, dancing like a loon, playing Scrabble and eating cheese in all its glorious forms. Nothing makes me feel calmer than walking through woodland. Nothing riles me more than bad grammar.

Kathryn Wilson

I am a wonderer, armchair wanderer, being of this Earth and the universe, and an internet activist. I feel my calling is to help and teach others; I have always worked within the information or education sectors.

I lived the first 30 years of my life in South Africa, growing up around and in the ‘Apartheid’ paradigm. I saw or read about racism and human hatred on a daily basis – and tried to analyse and understand why humans would perpetrate such horrible actions and feelings against their fellow humans.

I’m still trying to understand it, but now I’m living in a first world country in Europe (the UK), against the backdrop of non-stop US/UK initiated wars and ‘Brexit’.

My escape was nature. I always felt a sense of great calm and wonder when surrounded by trees, birds, insects and wild animals, and still yearn for the big skies and wildness of some parts of Africa. I hope I, my children and grandchildren get to experience this again before it disappears forever.

I’m part of Save the Earth Co-op because I’m certain there is another way for humans to exist harmoniously with each other, in tune with animals, the Earth’s many environments, and the universe. I write about natural health/healing, the environment and animal rights.

I look forward to connecting with you, whoever or wherever you are. Love, peace and light.

Kent Allen Halliburton

I am Kent, Son of Katherine, Daughter of Raymond, Son of Joseph, Son of Thomas, Son of Westley, Son of Ambrose, Son of William, Son of David, Jr., Son of David, Sr., Son of John, of Clan Halliburton, Friends to Clan Home, a direct descendant of the last Halliburton, Sir John Halliburton, to hold the title, Lord Halliburton, Baron of Tweed at Newmains-upon-the-Tweed.” I am writing for the Save the Earth Cooperative because I believe in the establishment of a sustainable world that can be passed on to our children. I have a Master’s Degree in History and will be finishing another in Political Science in December. I have written on topics ranging from anti-imperialism, to political corruption, to environmental degradation. I have joined with the Save the Earth Cooperative, specifically, because I believe in their mission and want to help carry it out in any way that I can. Some may be confused by my name, and I would not blame them, but rest assured, I am one of the good guys. I am related to the founders of the company, but I am not affiliated with them. I am making my own way in the world because I believe there is much more to life than profit. Companies that betray Mother Earth for profit should be subject to prosecution. Namaste.

Tessa Patterson

My name is Tessa Patterson and I’m from Cheshire in the UK. I’ve joined Save the Earth Cooperative because I believe that the earth needs our help. Our world is slowly being poisoned, not just by the chemicals used in agriculture, but our land, oceans and rivers are polluted and full of plastics and other waste. As a result, animals, birds, insects and fish are dying.

Humans are in trouble too, and I think that our diet is responsible for a lot of the problems. The type of “food” most people eat today is a far cry from what we should be eating. The modern western diet is heavily processed which is causing obesity and disease. I should really like to try and help reverse this trend.

I studied at agricultural college (a long time ago!) and have grown organic fruit and vegetables ever since. When my children were little I used to encourage them to help me in the garden. Looking back, I’m glad I did, as they eat healthy food and can cook too – which means I get a night off sometimes!

In the garden, I like to work with nature rather than against it; making the most of beneficial animals and insects to help me. I make use of recycled materials wherever possible to grow food and I’d really like to share my experiences (good and bad) with everyone, and write about growing and preparing real food cheaply, easily and successfully.

I have published four cookbooks over the past three years and I also enjoy art, writing, music, wildlife and am very interested in health and nutrition.

Gina Harrison

My name is Gina Harrison. I live along the South West coast of the UK in a converted van with my musician husband. I have joined Save the Earth Cooperative as a poetic warrior, with a dream of using my writing as a weapon to protect the planet.

My aim is to raise great awareness with my words, to awaken the masses, and to show the world how they can be involved in protecting our beautiful home.

My background is writing for young adults. I am also a member of the Golden Egg writing academy in London. Areas of particular interest to me are Eco Living, Organics, Vegetarianism, and the arts.

I am excited about being a part of the Save the Earth movement and I am looking forward to working alongside such an innovative and passionate team. The power of our words cannot be underestimated.

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